Sunday, March 3, 2013

Great Songs Mentioning Writers or Works of Literarture

"Firewall" by Bright Eyes, where in is referenced Jules Verne.

"Galahad" by Josh Ritter, wherein he references the Arthurian Knight who is first mentioned in the Lancelot/Grail cycle.

"I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous" by Frank Turner, wherein he references "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot.

"Ophelia" by Natalie Merchant, wherein she references the character of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

"Stranger into Starman" by Aimee Mann, wherein she references Anne Sexton.

"Human" by The Killers, based on a quote by Hunter S. Thompson.

"Head Home" by Midlake, wherein is referenced Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes.

"Breezeblocks" by alt-j, wherein is referenced Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

"Ghost World" by Aimee Mann, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Daniel Clowes.

"Mrs. Hemingway" by Mary Chapin Carpenter, wherein is referenced Ernest Hemingway.

"That's Me Trying" by William Shatner and Ben Folds, wherein is referenced Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.

"Virginia Woolf" by The Indigo Girls, wherein is referenced the writer.

"Sylvia Plath" by Ryan Adams, wherein is referenced the poet.

"Ulysses" by Mason Jennings, wherein is referenced the book by James Joyce.

"Tear in Your Hand" by Tori Amos, wherein is referenced writer Neil Gaiman.

"My Antonia" by Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews, wherein is referenced O Pioneers! by Willa Cather.

"Another New World" by Josh Ritter, wherein is referenced "Anabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe.

"Calling the Moon" by Richard Shindell, wherein is referenced playwright Tennessee Williams.

"No Myth" by Michael Penn, wherein is referenced Heathcliff from Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that is a great list/mix - only familiar with a couple of those!

    "1984" and "Big Brother" by David Bowie - "1984" by George Orwell

    "Moon Over Bourbon Street" by Sting and "Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)" by Concrete Blonde - "Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice

    "7 Chinese Bros" by R.E.M. - "The Seven Chinese Brothers" by Margaret Mahy

    "Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte

    "Hey Jack Kerouac" by 10,000 Maniacs

    "Our Retired Explorer (Dines with Michel Foucault in Paris, 1961)" by the Weakerthans

    The entire album "Where's Neil When You Need Him?" is about Neil Gaiman and his works (and of course Tori Amos is on it!)